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Careers

Why pursue a degree in dance?

While many of our alumni have successfully carved out careers as performers and educators, the training and education our students receive resonates far beyond the field of dance.

Dance students gain confidence, as well as skills in leadership, critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, and nonverbal communication that make them well-suited for a wide variety of professions.

  • Leadership—Motivating and supporting others in the pursuit of an identified goal
  • Critical thinking—Using various types of reasoning to analyze situations and develop well-informed conclusions
  • Creative problem solving—Contemplating traditional and nontraditional methods for solving problems
  • Collaboration—Working effectively and respectfully with a variety of individuals, implementing creative plans with a team, and responding and providing constructive criticism to reach a common goal

 

Careers to Consider

Dance graduates go on to succeed in a variety of industries and roles.

Opportunities by sector

  • Arts administration
  • Dance Medicine
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Production management
  • Stage management
  • Stage design
  • Web design

 

Potential jobs

  • Choreographer                                   
  • Dance critic/writer
  • Dance Company manager     
  • Educator                     
  • Photographer or videographer
  • Dance Researcher                                          
  • Dance Notator                       
  • Facility Manager                    
  • Grant Writer                                      
  • Performer in large and small-scale productions                   
  • Sports trainer             
  • Physical therapist                  
  • Special events planner